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A plastic surgeon is warning against what he calls an epidemic of facial “alienization” caused by bad filler.
Dr. Steve Harris, plastic surgeon and founder of the Harris Clinic in London, says the distorted look comes from doctors enabling clients to get procedures based on filtered images they see on social media.
To illustrate what an “alienized” face might look like, Harris took images of someone with a natural look and altered their proportions to show how excessive Botox and filler can change the face.
“In many cases the distortions are so severe that they cannot be associated with our species,” Harris told Insider.
An alienized face is characterized by large and flat lips with a crisp border, a winged brow bone, sharp “Maleficent cheeks,” and a very chiseled jawline, according to Harris.
“Some people present naturally with certain features in the presented simulation, but the problem is creating these in others and making everyone look the same,” Harris wrote in his Instagram caption.
Harris’ diagram uses arrows to point out where the cheeks have been made more angular, the jaw has been sharpened, and the shape of the lips has been altered.
Filters and photoshopped images of celebrities are to blame for ‘alienization,’ Harris said
Harris says filters on Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok can distort how people see themselves, which can cause them to ask for procedures that create an unrealistic look.
“Influencers and celebrities who have been alienized will no doubt affect the perception of their followers,” Harris said.
Another reason facial alienization has become so common is the willingness of plastic surgeons to comply with this “new normal,” he said.
“Alienization also takes place when the practitioner is highly qualified and this may be attributed to greed or a gross lack of artistic acumen,” Harris said. “Image disorders may explain why some practitioners and patients simply do not see the distortions.”
He hopes to use his diagram to bring awareness of the trend and fight it.
“I think that a doctor who is conforming to alienization is not fulfilling his or her duty of care to first, do no harm,” Harris said.
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